The Saint Mary Spires were in action on Saturday in football, soccer and volleyball.

The Spires’ football team returned home after a bye week sandwiched between two road games to take on Sterling College.

The Warriors dominated with a 44-12 win to spoil homecoming for Saint Mary. 

Sterling would take a 41-0 lead before the Spires would get on the board late in the third.

The Spires would make mental errors and turnovers that killed drives early and kept the momentum on the Warriors’ side. 

“We were consistent in moving the football,” head coach Jay Osborne said. “I thought we did a very good job moving the football, but you get in the red zone and it gets tougher and spreading them out doesn’t work anymore. So you got to get in there and push people. We thought we had the advantage in running the football. We were able to sustain drives and move it, but at the end of the day, I think we averaged less than or right at three yards a carry.”

The Spires also saw issues on defense with the Warriors racking up 402 yards rushing, which was more than the Spires allowed in the previous three games combined.

Saint Mary will travel to Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday for another conference matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

 

Soccer

The Saint Mary soccer teams split their matches on Saturday at York College.

The women fell 4-0 in their match. Emilie Korenek had four saves and Justine Brown Da-Costa led the Spires with four shots. 

The women fell to 1-8 with a 1-3 KCAC record. They will host Southwestern College on Tuesday. The Moundbuilders are 5-1-2 with a 2-1-1 KCAC record. They are coming off of a 2-2 draw with Avila University on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The men’s team pulled off a 2-1 victory over York thanks to two goals from Rodney Smith.

Smith scored first in the ninth minute to give the Spires a 1-0 lead at halftime. Albert Bajrami would add a goal in the 59th minute to tie it but Smith would add the second goal less than 10 minutes later and the Spires held on for their first KCAC victory of the season.

The men improved to 3-5-1 and 1-3 in the KCAC. They will host Southwestern College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Moundbuilders are 6-3 overall and 1-3 in KCAC play. Southwestern fell 2-0 to Avila on Saturday.

 

Volleyball

The volleyball team for Saint Mary fell in three straight sets to Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday.

The Spires remained close in all three sets, losing by a combined nine points, but it was not enough to lift Saint Mary to victory. Cody Offerle led the team with 17 kills while Bailey Wright and Ashley Van Gieson combined for 40 assists. 

The Spires fell to 11-10 overall and suffered their first loss in KCAC play to sit at 2-1. 

Saint Mary looks to rebound on Wednesday when they host York College. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.